Judge Vaudt was appointed to the bench in February 2014. She received her B.A. in History and Political Science with honors from Upper Iowa University and her M.P.A. and J.D. with honors from Drake University. Her legal career included service as a graduate law clerk for a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, private practice with the Davis Brown law firm, and for the last fifteen years prior to her appointment, she was an assistant attorney general in the Iowa Department of Justice. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, the Iowa Judges Association, and the C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court.